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 News Release - July 19, 2007

KCI Advances Global Wound Care Strategy with the Appointment of New Global V.A.C. Therapy President

SAN ANTONIO--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE:KCI ), a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces, today announced the appointment of Linwood "Woody" Staub to the newly-created position of Global V.A.C. Therapy President. The appointment is part of a broader plan to globally align the Company's advanced wound care strategy. In this role, Mr. Staub will report directly to the CEO and will be responsible for KCI's worldwide V.A.C.® Therapy product portfolio.

Mr. Staub brings over 20 years of global experience in the medical devices space, and comes to KCI from Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon division where his experience includes serving as Vice President in their U.S. and European wound management businesses. Mr. Staub also opened and served as General Manager for Johnson & Johnson's new urology business in Asia Pacific. These regions are key geographies for KCI's future growth plans.

"This strategic addition to our executive leadership team represents an important step in our plans to further penetrate the worldwide market for advanced wound care," said Catherine M. Burzik, President and Chief Executive Officer of KCI. "Woody's proven ability to foster significant growth, in addition to his experience both in the U.S. and abroad will help KCI further solidify our market leadership position in the global advanced wound care market, which today is largely under-served."

Mr. Staub received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and has completed continuing education in his field at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Harvard University.

About KCI

Kinetic Concepts, Inc. is a global medical technology company with leadership positions in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces. We design, manufacture, market and service a wide range of proprietary products that can improve clinical outcomes while helping to reduce the overall cost of patient care. Our advanced wound care systems incorporate our proprietary V.A.C.® technology, which has been clinically demonstrated to help promote wound healing and can help reduce the cost of treating patients with serious wounds. Our therapeutic surfaces, including specialty hospital beds, mattress replacement systems and overlays, are designed to address pulmonary complications associated with immobility and to prevent skin breakdown. We have an infrastructure designed to meet the specific needs of medical professionals and patients across all health care settings including acute care hospitals, extended care facilities and patients' homes both in the United States and abroad. V.A.C. is a registered trademark of KCI Licensing, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Company's plans for future growth. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties. All information set forth in this release is as of its date, and we undertake no duty to update this information. More information about the company is described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2007, both of which are on file with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at

Source: Kinetic Concepts

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